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Carlos Merida  (1891-1984) Guatemalan | Mexican | Biography

Carlos Merida ,"Cinco Torres". Gouache. 1967

"Abstraction 2"
or "Cinco Torres"
1967

Gouache

Signed

Site: 22 7/8" x 18 3/4"

Arches watermarked paper
Unframed
Archival stored
Never framed
Condition: Excellent

Provenance:
Ex-collection
Dr. Augusto Lodi

Publicly Exhibited  3X
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Carlos Merida ,"Cinco Torres". Gouache. 1967

Carlos Merida ,"Cinco Torres". Gouache. 1967
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Provenance: Ex-collection Dr. Augusto Lodi, former gallery director of the Mexican Consulate, Los Angeles, California. Dr. Lodi loaned many works from his collection for such exhibits as the 1999 "Three Generations of Mexican Masters" at the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C. Includes three exhibition labels: City of Burbank, Creative ArtCenter Gallery, Mexican Exhibit, 10-29 November, 1991, from the Lodi collection; Lankershim Arts Center, Mexican Exhibit, June 15-July 13, 1990; and University of California, Mexican Masters, August, 1992.   

Carlos Merida Photograph

From 1910 to 1914 Merida traveled in Europe, living mainly in Paris, where he studied art and became personally acquainted with Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani. At the start of World War I, Merida returned to Guatemala, where he had his first one-man show. In 1919, interested in the social and artistic revolution in Mexico, he went to Mexico City and became involved in that nation's mural-painting renaissance, working as an assistant to Diego Rivera. Merida's early work, like that of many of the Mexican muralists, was politically oriented and executed in a figurative style. He eventually developed his characteristic abstract style of geometrically conceived figures and forms. In his later works he combined his modern European influences (Cubism and Surrealism) and the theories of artists such as Klee, Miro, and Kandinsky, with aspects of Mayan art. [23512]




Born December 2, 1891, Guatemala City, Guatemala—died December 22, 1984, Mexico City, Mexico
Guatemalan artist who was known primarily as a muralist and printmaker.

From 1910 to 1914 Mérida traveled in Europe, living mainly in Paris, where he studied art and became personally acquainted with such leaders of the avant-garde as Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani. At the start of World War I in 1914, Mérida returned to Guatemala, where he had his first one-man show. In 1919, interested in the social and artistic revolution in Mexico, he went to Mexico City and became involved in that nation's mural-painting renaissance, working as an assistant to the painter Diego Rivera. Mérida's early work, like that of many of the Mexican muralists, was politically oriented and executed in a figurative style.After 1927, when Mérida took a second trip to Europe, his art became less representational; he eventually developed his characteristic abstract style of geometrically conceived figures and forms. In his later works he combined modern European influences—Cubism and Surrealism, and the paintings of artists such as Paul Klee, Joan Miró, and Wassily Kandinsky—with aspects of Mayan art. Among his important works were mosaic murals for the Benito Juárez housing development in Mexico City (1952; destroyed in an earthquake in 1985) and for the Municipal Building in Guatemala City (1956).